The first ever legal bear hunt has continued to gain attention throughout the state of Nevada, especially in the Lake Tahoe Region where several mother bears have been taken down in recent days. Those who favor the hunt have numerous arguments for the hunt, some of them, such as potentially feeding their family for the winter off the bear meat, seem to have gained grounding. Those in opposition continue to be enraged that such a hunt can legally take place, when the total bear population in the NV-Tahoe area hovers around 200. In addition, the opposition feels most of this hunting is for pure sport, nothing more, nothing less, and all other arguments are a disguise for the trophy hunting to continue. Some Thrilled To Be Hunting Bears In Nevada | Few Bears Have Been Killed Already | Others Still Pissed And Marching Today, Friday 9/2/11 | Unofficial Networks

Some Thrilled To Be Hunting Bears In Nevada | Few Bears Have Been Killed Already | Others Still Pissed And Marching Today, Friday 9/2/11

Some Thrilled To Be Hunting Bears In Nevada | Few Bears Have Been Killed Already | Others Still Pissed And Marching Today, Friday 9/2/11

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Some Thrilled To Be Hunting Bears In Nevada | Few Bears Have Been Killed Already | Others Still Pissed And Marching Today, Friday 9/2/11

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The first ever legal bear hunt has continued to gain attention throughout the state of Nevada, especially in the Lake Tahoe Region where several mother bears have been taken down in recent days. Those who favor the hunt have numerous arguments for the hunt, some of them, such as potentially feeding their family for the winter off the bear meat, seem to have gained grounding. Those in opposition continue to be enraged that such a hunt can legally take place, when the total bear population in the NV-Tahoe area hovers around 200. In addition, the opposition feels most of this hunting is for pure sport, nothing more, nothing less, and all other arguments are a disguise for the trophy hunting to continue.

There’s much action that will continue revolving around the NV bear hunt in the coming weeks. Some of that information is disclosed below, which also contains the latest arguments just released on behalf of the anti bear hunting group NoBearHuntNV.org.

From NoBearHuntNV.org:

Join us on our

March to the Mansion!

Friday September, 2nd
5:30 Rally on the sidewalk of the Capitol Bldg, Carson City.
6:15: March to the Governor’s Mansion.
7:00: After Party at Comma Cafe

We’re marching to bring attention to the Governor’s response to our nearly 14,000 accumulated communications, articles and polls we gave him two weeks ago, all against the hunt.

Bring an instrument or noise maker, a sign and/or your orange safety vest and get the cars going by at rush hour to honk in solidarity with our mantra, No Bear Hunt in Nevada! Stop the killing now!

Join us as we ask the Governor to clarify how killing a bear will conserve the species? And just how was the process followed when the Washoe County Wildlife Board voted 4:1 against a permanent hunt because the process was not followed?

This is a peaceful march staying on public sidewalks and obeying traffic signs and rights of way as we make our way through downtown Carson, getting signatures and thumbs up from passersby.

Since we saw the Governor just two weeks ago we have gained over 2000 signatures for a whopping 16073 communications against the hunt including online petitions, person-to-person hardcopy signatures and emails to NDoW in the public record against the hunt.

Please help us get more signatures before the big Wildlife Commisison meeting in Reno on 23 September. Can we reach 20,000? Only with your help.

Nevadans, join THE GREAT NOBEARHUNTNV.ORG VIRAL SIGNATURE DRIVE; everyone else, sign our online petitions on our Take Action pageTHIS IS NOT OVER YET. Though our bears are being killed in the woods, the hunt is still only a temporary regulation. We are working hard this month to make the case to not make the bear hunt permanent. Help us bring in a wheelbarrow full of signatures three weeks from now!

Bears: Governor Needs to Clarify.
Last week members of NoBearHuntNV.org presented the Governor with a packet including thousands of communications against the hunt, messages from hunters who do not support hunting our bears, numerous polls up to 86% against, and science-based arguments and alternatives.
In response, the Governor stated the process was followed. Yet just a few weeks ago 4 out of 5 Washoe County Wildlife Board members voted against the permanence of the hunt largely because the process was not followed.
“This bear hunt has been rammed down the throats of the public. You didn’t see it coming and neither did we,” said Vice-Chair Rick Smith.

NRS 233B.061 states “The agency shall consider fully all written and oral submissions.” Emails on the record before the vote were 98% against the bear hunt. Chairman Raine mischaracterized them as spam and 50/50. 42 people spoke in person against with 19 supporting. How then is it the process, or indeed even the law for that matter, was followed?

Sandoval’s other argument, “The information this hunt will yield can ultimately aid in the conservation of bears,” is perplexing.
This is a trophy hunt according to the Commissioners themselves. There’s no biological reason for it. Killing our bears has no benefit as they are hardly overpopulated. Nuisances will be created, not curtailed. Poachers are already taking up in our woods with a bear poached on Peavine Mountain last July.
Many of us are at a loss to understand how sport killing up to 20 bears will serve to conserve their numbers.

A month ago the Governor said of the massive public outcry against the hunt that it “is probably an issue [the Commission] will revisit.” NoBearHuntNV.org gave the Governor nearly 14,000 communications against the hunt. We are asking him to review our documentation and revisit the issue as well. The public looks forward to the Governor’s further clarification.

September is going to be a busy month. If you live inDouglas, Clark, Lyon or Carson City Counties, be on the lookout to attend your local wildlife board meeting. Washoe County has already sent a vote of no confidence in the bear hunt by a vote of 4:1! More information soon.

The Wildlife Commission will take comments on Friday, 23 September and Saturday, 24th. Friday evening, join our big rally in downtown Reno to save the bears. Details coming soon!

Incline Village residents: Lots going on for you. Join our newest Facebook Group, Incline – No Bear Hunt NV. Help reduce urban bear deaths by joining The Tahoe Wall of Shame Facebook page. Help us get signatures at Sand Harbor at the Tahoe Expo, Sept 10th. Attend a weekly vigil for the bears during hunting season. Details in a few days.

Billy Howard
Organizer
NoBearHuntNV.org
guru@nobearhuntnv.org

I am a life-long resident of the Sierra and a gun enthusiast. I think this Hunt is ridiculous and the decision should be reversed. The bears are as much part of the attraction of living here as Lake Tahoe.

—Petition Signature, o1/2o/2o11.
This bear hunt has been rammed down the throats of the public by the Commission. You didn’t see it coming and we didn’t see it coming. I’m voting against it because of how it was presented to the public.
—Rick Smith, Vice Chair, Washoe County Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife, 3 Aug ’11.

 

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